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Intercultural dialogue

The intercultural dialogue implies communication among people that come from different national, social, religious, generational and similar living environments.

The purpose of the intercultural dialogue is to encourage the reflection about diversity that we connect to particular associations with language, ethnicity, society, culture or religion in everyday life. By such a dialogue we are fighting for the human rights and the strengthening of human respect as well as against different forms of social exclusiveness. By means of an intercultural dialogue we are establishing communication between the different and the dissimilar, problematizing borders and demarcation between „us“ and „others“, the majority and immigrants. We encourage a dialogue of openness, understanding and mutual respect.

An intercultural dialogue does not mean a representation of a tradition or cultures of different nations. The essential element is not an exchange, but a mutual relation – a dialogue. Here we understand culture in the widest sense and we can not think of culture without connecting it to society and the identity of people. A culture is not fixed, unchangeable and strongly tied down to a geographical – national area. Awareness of who we are forms or defines itself in contact with the „others“ and the „different.“

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